10 things I like beginning with the letter d.
…dictionaries. I like having a whole shelf of dictionaries beside me when I’m writing anything; looking things up from time to time; having my eye drift across the page and finding some other, more interesting word. My favourite is Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary, which now I come to think of it is possibly slightly out of date now. I also like being able to flick between a dictionary window and a text window when I’m translating.
… dall. I like making it and I like eating it. The version I make calls for brown lentils, tamarind and mustard seeds.
… drizzle. It rarely drizzles here in South-West France where we either have torrential downpours or days of unrelenting medium-size, medium-force rain. I like the feel of Scottish feather-light raindrops on my face.
… Durango. P and I went to Colorado a few years ago and Durango was one of those towns where everything was postcard perfect: a wide main street, lots of interesting shops and bars and restaurants, even an old-fashioned railway station and a steam train. The inhabitants of Durango are all young and sporty and promenade their children around town in little trailers behind mountain bikes.
… doughnuts so I probably wouldn’t fit in in Durango. Dough, oil and sugar; what a healthy combination.
… dinner parties. I like inviting people for dinner and I like being invited for dinner. I like the informal sort best, where people stand in the kitchen having an aperitif then move to the dinner table and the conversation goes on into the wee small hours.
… drifting from page to page on the internet. In fact, I like this a little too much.
… deer. I like catching sight of them at the edge of the woods in the gloaming and to see them look up warily when they feel someone watching them.
… dandling babies on my knee — my own when they were small and compliant, and also other people’s. Especially babies with
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